Hooray, back into book reviews! I've missed them. This book, The World of Design, came in the mail awhile ago and I meant to share it with you, but well, I was having a baby and whatnot, so it sort of got lost in the shuffle. But I love the concept. It's the first in a series of books (ten in all) aimed at kids, that teaches them about, well, the world of design. This first book is an overview, but then subsequent books will focus on architecture, graphic design, fashion design, environmental design etc. I thought it would make a great resource, especially for home school, for two reasons. First, if your kid is interested in art, here is a thorough and engaging presentation of all sorts of different things you could potentially do with art. And second, I think it's so important to recognize the power of design in shaping our thinking. Presidential posters, product design, the way a store is laid out- it's all design and it's important not to just absorb it passively without thinking about how and why it's designed the way it is and what sort of reaction the designer was hoping to elicit. When it came in the mail my little sister-in-law, who's eleven, was here visiting and she was the first to take a good look. She loved it; it was accessible and engaging from the first page and made design principles such as color theory and use of negative and positive space really easy to understand. I even learned a few new things! And there are fun little pockets and things you can pull out. There was supposed to be a plastic thing to look through for an experiment with the color spectrum using a flashlight, but mine was missing. I was kind of bummed; I wanted to try the experiment! But, overall it was a really neat overview and seems like it would make a great first introduction to design for kids with such an inclination.